Coach Ron Rivera ruled out Smith and rookie running back Antonio Gibson on Friday and named Haskins as a starter. Smith had hoped to play even though he hadn’t been to full workouts this week.
“Getting to watch him do some of his moves and some of the things he was going to have to do in the game, he always felt a little tense,” Rivera said.
Haskins will make his first start since a Week 4 loss to Baltimore. The 2019 first-round pick relieved Smith in Washington’s final game against San Francisco.
Rivera benched Haskins after four starts and turned to Kyle Allen first. After Allen was injured, Smith started an NFL game for the first time since 2018. Washington is 4-1 since Smith took over.
Now it’s Haskins’ luck again.
“I am delighted with this opportunity,” said Haskins. “The most important thing I wanted to do in the face of all of this was to come out on the other side stronger. That’s what I did. And I can’t wait to do so with any opportunity I come up with. ”
Gibson will miss a second game in a row with a toe injury. Linebacker Cole Holcomb came out with a concussion.